watch shopping

(thinking out loud about watch shopping here…)

ideally mechanical (automatic). i’ll consider quartz, but it’s unlikely. manual would be doable, but annoying.

circular cases. analog, standard display. no chronograph or extra complications, ideally not even day of month, but that one’s negotiable.

actually, i kind of like small seconds. i think i’d prefer that to day of the month. it’s less common though. otherwise, don’t care if there’s a second hand.

thin would be nice, but not necessary. window on the back of the case to show the mechanism would be nice, but not necessary.

maybe two:

  • one yellow gold, dark brown leather band, probably white face
  • one platinum or white gold or steel, bracelet, either hidden deployant or jeweler’s clasp, black or white or blue face

here’s what i’ve seen and liked so far. the patek phillipe, vacheron constantin, and eterna are in the lead right now.


Eterna 3000
mechanical, automatic


Audemars Piguet Ultra-Thin Time Only, 14538.0.0002
mechanical, automatic, platinum/white gold, leather band


Blancpain Ultra-slim
mechanical, automatic, gold/platinum/steel, leather band


Ebel Classic, 9255F4151251215274
quartz, deployant clasp
(not this exact one, but there are others that are the right shape)


Girard-Perregaux 1966, 49525
mechanical, automatic, leather band


Portofino Automatic, 3514 and Extra-Flat (manual), 2010
mechanical, yellow or white gold, leather band


Jaeger-Le Coultre Master Ultra-thin, 145.240.792B
mechanical, manual, yellow gold/platinum/steel, leather band or bracelet


Omega DeVille Prestige Automatic, 4690
yellow gold, ostrich band or bracelet


Patek Philippe Calatrava, 3796, 3923, 5023, 3998
mechanical, manual or automatic, yellow or white gold or platinum, leather band or bracelet



Piaget Altiplano, Tradition Grand Modele, G0A 19172
mechanical, manual, yellow/white gold, leather band


Vacheron Constantin Extra-flat, 33093
mechanical, manual, yellow/white gold

2 thoughts on “watch shopping

  1. I have an Eterna 3000 and love it.  It is thin, it is an automatic and it has a date.  All for a reasonable price.  I would recommend it.

  2. hy Ryan, are you interested to buy VACHERON CONSTANTIN PATRIMONY, 1998, ULTRA THIN – MOD. 33092/00J – REF. 694579 – 762648 Yellow gold, PERFECT CONDITIONS (NEVER USED), and PIAGET CLASSIC, 1995, MOD. G0A19172 – REF. 624373 Yellow Gold, ULTRA THIN, PERFECT CONDITIONS (NEVER USED). ? the total request for two watches is 7.000 euro (9.1000 usd), not included tax and spedition cost.

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